Traveling for the Holidays? Here Are Some Tips to Keep Your Home Safe!

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Dec 072015
 

shutterstock_42738715Before your holiday activities kick into high gear, remember that not everyone is in a giving mood. The rate of home burglaries spikes between Thanksgiving and Christmas. At Soucy Insurance, we want to help keep your home safe all season long. If you are planning to travel, here are five tips to help keep your home as protected as possible.

  1. Ask a Friend to Lend a Hand: Even if you are away, it is important to keep up appearances to fend off prospective burglars. Ask a friend or neighbor to hold your mail, shovel the driveway, etc. To be as safe as possible, we recommend limiting the help to one person.
  1. Keep Your Curtains Consistent: Whether you normally keep your curtains open or closed, keep them the same way before you leave. Notable changes in your curtains can be an easy giveaway to burglars. If you keep any valuable possessions near the windows, place them out of sight before departing.
  1. Unplug Any and All Electronics: Before leaving your home, check each of your rooms to make sure all electronics are unplugged. Not only will this protect your home from power surges, it will also help you save on energy costs. Even though an electronic may be turned off, it could still be using power.
  1. Avoid Posting on Social Media: As a general rule, it is important to be mindful of what you post on social media. Do not post anything that suggests you will be away for an extended period.
  1. Check Home Security Devices: Call your alarm provider to make sure everything is in proper working order. If you own an electric fence, make sure nothing is near it that would create a false alarm.

Soucy Insurance wishes your family a safe and happy holiday. For additional information, please contact us at 401.762.2218.

Information for this article provided by: Keep Your Home Safe on Vacation: 9 Essential Tips (Independenttraveler.com), Home Safety Tips for the Holidays (Liberty Mutual).

The Importance of Buying Locally This Season

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Dec 032015
 

BUYLOCALWith the holidays in full swing, purchasing gifts are on the top of everyone’s to-do list. Although large chain stores may be the most convenient and affordable locations for many people, they are not always the most beneficial for a local community. It is no secret that small businesses struggle to keep up with these big chains during the holidays, and in many cases, local businesses close their shops permanently because they simply cannot compete.

Though “Small Business Saturday” has passed, Soucy Insurance would like to reiterate the importance of shopping locally. One of the main benefits is that it helps stimulate the local economy. According to a recent study, local businesses generate 70% more local economic activity per square foot compared to big businesses. This local activity creates an annual return, which would normally be a deficit for a big business in identical conditions.

During the holiday season, many chain stores hire new employees to keep-up with demand. However, these are only temporary positions, and chains will displace these employees at the conclusion of the holidays. Oftentimes, this pattern leads to a tax increase to keep up with new service rates. By supporting local employees, you are not only keeping them busy but also keeping them secure.

Beyond the economic benefits, buying locally also means you are helping to improve the environment. The additional shipping and production that comes with the holiday season results in an increase of pollution output. In fact, approximately half of all pollution is caused by industry and big business.

Shopping locally is a great way to give back to your community. Local businesses are the livelihood of a community and help make each region unique. Before you start getting your gifts in order, Soucy Insurance encourages you to consider shopping locally. A little thought can go a long way towards bettering your community.

Information for this article provided by: The Benefits of Shopping and Buying Locally (AMIBA.net), Why Buying Local Is worth Every Cent (HuffingtonPost.com)